Suggestions for a CRT suitable for professional photo editing?
November 30, 2005 12:51 PM   Subscribe

I'm looking for a good CRT monitor that would be suitable for professional level photo editing.

It seems like many manufacturers are moving away from making CRTs in favor of LCDs, but I'm not ready to shell out $1400 for a LaCie LCD. Ebay is an option for good, out-of-production CRTs but color degradation is a problem. Are there any newer CRTs that fit the bill?
posted by ding3r to Computers & Internet (5 answers total)
What is your budget?
posted by Jairus at 1:46 PM on November 30, 2005

you don't have to get the $1400 display to get good color done. According to the lacie website the prices for 19-20 in lcds are around $700-999. Yeah, that's still a lot of money.

I would look into finding a new lacie crt monitor from a reseller who still has them in stock.

Not crt but according to picture magazine Eizo monitors are supposedly great for pro photo work.

Lastly...I believe Viewsonic still makes crt monitors.
posted by eatcake at 1:57 PM on November 30, 2005

I have a 22 inch Viewsonic that I'm pleased with. It was around 800 dollars.

By the way, my research indicated that there are no LCD monitors on the market, for however much money, that can match the color gamut of a CRT display. plus you are guaranteed no dead pixels.

although they are kind of heavy and they grow dim after a few years.
posted by macinchik at 2:05 PM on November 30, 2005

The Viewsonic G220f is a reasonably competent CRT.

Unfortunately, the better CRTs that I'm aware of are either out of production, or are just as expensive as a Lacie 321 or an Eizo ColorEdge LCD.
posted by I Love Tacos at 2:14 PM on November 30, 2005

You want to find a second-hand Hitachi CM-827 or similar. They have some of the fastest-refreshing, highest resolution and best colour quality you'll find in a CRT, anywhere. Some other brands sold rebadged Hitachis and they can be worth looking out for.
posted by polyglot at 8:33 PM on November 30, 2005

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